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“Beautiful Flowers” – Women’s group formed in rural Myanmar

In the far north of Myanmar below the Himalayas, ten women in Putao have established a sewing cooperative and set up a women’s association called “Vnap Nampan Wat” roughly meaning “beautiful flowers”. They refer to themselves as beautiful, colourful, and diverse flowers, providing for their family and community. From their profits from selling clothing they …

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Solidarity kitchens on the move in Sri Lanka

Garment workers who have lost jobs as a result of the economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka can now gather together over free meals and discuss their issues. The second Solidarity Kitchen was opened last month in Biyagama Free Trade Zone (FTZ) by the FTZ &  General Services Employees Union. These workers have been …

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Solidarity Kitchens Support Sri Lankan Garment Workers

Every Sunday garment workers in Sri Lanka who have lost jobs because of the political and economic crisis come together to cook, talk, share experiences, and engage in morale boosting activities such as games, singing, and dancing. This is the initiative of our project partner, the Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union (FTZ&GSEU) …

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UnionAID Funding for Two New Union Projects

Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSE) has been funded to build union membership campaigns around two objectives: awareness and action to end workplace violence and harassment using standards developed by the International Labour Organisation and a Government social security policy which provides support for workers in need such as during pandemics. The …

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14 year old Sharadha holds an English textbook

Promoting education for children of unionists: NZEI project

The child of impoverished parents working as agricultural labourers, 14 year old Sharadha (left) has blossomed at the evening tuition centre in her Puliyankulam.  Previously, Sharadha struggled at school and was hesitant to interact with others. After attending the Tamil Nadu Labour Union tuition centre, she was promoted to eighth standard at her normal school. …

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Yubraj is sitting on the right against a blue background. He is using a laptop while he interviews a Top Glove worker (right)

Small project reaps real benefits for Nepalese workers

Nepalese workers from the Top Glove factory in Malaysia are better off today thanks to UnionAID and our project partner in Nepal, Yubraj Khadka.  After an international campaign forced Top Glove (whose profits rose 1646% due to Covid) to offer compensation to its former migrant workers for exorbitant and illegal recruitment fees, UnionAID partnered with …

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Worker manufacturing rubber gloves at factory

Claims of Modern Slavery Prompt First Project in Nepal

Demand for rubber gloves because of Covid-19 saw profits soar at Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker. But this drew attention to labour abuses in their Malaysian factories, including forced labour and debt bondage. Campaigners raised these issues in the media and pushed governments to ban Top Glove products. New Zealand has been …

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Members of the Bangladesh Garment Workers Union calling for increased maternity leave entitlements for International Working Women's Day

Wins for Garment Workers During COVID Downturn

Bangladesh: Bolstered by labour rights training workshops for National Garment Workers Federation delegates during Covid-19, union members from eight factories submitted collective demands to owners to enforce maternity leave provisions, to ensure safe workplaces and protect jobs. These new skills were also used at Masud Apparels to successfully fight off an attempt by the employer …

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Support the people of Myanmar

Two years on from the military coup, the people of Myanmar are still fighting for their democracy and their future against the military coup.

They are calling for our support.

We are liaising constantly with our partners on how we can help.  They have asked for funding to support the campaign for democracy and to uphold human rights.